Vejer de La Frontera, Spain – October 27, 2023 – Spain has won the Nations Cup once again here at the Andalucía October Tour III, in a very exciting jump off finish. The Chef d’Equipe was Carolo López Quesada and the team members were: Alberto Márquez Galobardes (ESP with Aldo du Manoir; Manuel Fernández Saro (ESP) with Ezilis du Mesnil; Teresa Blázquez-Abascal (ESP) with Nasa de Toxandría and Eduardo Álvarez Aznar with D´Orient Batilly. In the first round the team finished on 4 penalty-points, but in the second they had three clears. This was exactly the same as the French team and put the two on equal points meaning a jump off would be the deciding factor.
With these two heading up the 8 that went through to the second round, the other placings were set with the United States of America in third place. Their team was headed by their Chef d’Equipe Anne Kursinski with riders, Zayna Rizvi (USA) on Exquise du Pachis; Caitlyn Connors (USA) on Falcon de Hus Z; Hannah Selleck (USA) on Cloud 39 and Jacob Pope (USA) on Highway FBH making up the team and scoring 4 penalty-points in each round, finishing on a sum of 8 faults.
The rest of the results were: Belgium fourth, Ireland fifth and Great Britain sixth. The last two places were taken by Italy and Switzerland.
The French rider chosen for the jump off was Marie Demonte (FRA) and was first to go on Epona du Quesnoy. They finished in a very good time but with one pole down.
With all the pressure on her, home rider Teresa Blázquez (ESP) who was the only one in the Spanish team, to jump clear in both legs, went into the ring on her brilliant, 10-year-old chestnut mare,‘Nasa de Toxandría (’Vertigo Saint-Benoit’ x ‘Chopin Van Het Moleneind’). She jumped a perfect clear round and the cheers that went up in the crowd could be heard across the show ground! A really well deserved win for Spain and a very special home win for Teresa Blázquez.
So finally the French team took second place; their Chef d’Equipe was Edouard Coupérie, and the other team riders were Harold Boisset (FRA) on Malia du By; Stanislas de Malet (FRA) with Zambo M Z, Guillaume Foutrier (FRA) with Corneska de la Faliza Z.
Final Results – €50,000 Nations Cup of Vejer de La Frontera CSIO 3*
1) Spain – 4 / 0 – 38.17
2) France – 4 / 4 – 37.62
3) United States of America – 8
Source: Press Release from Andalucía Sunshine Tour
Photo: © Andalucía Sunshine Tour